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Feb. 1 - UCI expert on money, Black History Month

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A tree blossoms near the Anteater Learning Pavillion and Humanities Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI

A tree blossoms near the Anteater Learning Pavilion and Humanities Hall. Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI


UCI Health presents Health & Wellness Night at Ducks-Kings game

The first 10,000 fans in attendance at the Feb. 25 game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings at the Honda Center will receive Wild Wing Hand Sanitizer. It’s part of UCI Health’s Health & Wellness Night. See ticket prices and admission guidelines.

UCI Experts On: Money

From cowrie shells to credit cards, coins to cryptocurrency, money is more than just a means of exchange—it tells us a lot about our society, our values and our interconnections with one another. In this episode of the School of Social Sciences’ Experts On series, Bill Maurer, dean of social sciences, professor of anthropology and law, and director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, discusses the many ways people spend, save and interact with systems of value throughout history and across cultures.

Do you remember when online learning began ... 25 years ago?

UCI’s Chief Global Affairs Officer Victoria Jones remembers. She taught the first credit-bearing, digital course at Cornell University, for the School of Continuing Education in December 1997. “The camera was in the back of the lecture room and I stood in the front doing all the normal things,” Jones says in a Cornell Chronicle interview. “There were no close ups, there was nothing interactive about it — there were no props or sets or anything. The students were just watching a roving body. It was all recorded as a complete course. I think it amounted to twenty-some hours of tape.”


Celebrating Black History Month at the University of California

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., released this letter to the UC community today regarding Black History Month.

UC’s greenhouse gas emissions are now at 1990 levels — and declining

All 10 campuses and their affiliated health systems have hit their goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. The achievement is even more notable given UC’s significant growth over the last three decades. The climate action milestone is one of several highlights in UC’s annual sustainability report, which tracks the university system’s performance on climate, energy, food, green building, health and wellbeing, procurement, transportation, water, waste and more.

US urges Pfizer to apply for under-5 COVID shots

U.S. regulators are urging drugmaker Pfizer to apply for emergency authorization for a two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old while awaiting data on a three-dose course, aiming to clear the way for the shots as soon as late February.

One million deaths: The hole the pandemic made in US society

Federal authorities estimate that 987,456 more people have died since early 2020 than would have otherwise been expected, based on long-term trends. People killed by coronavirus infections account for the overwhelming majority of cases. Thousands more died from derivative causes, such as disruptions in their healthcare and a spike in overdoses. COVID-19 has left the same proportion of the population dead—about 0.3%—as did World War II, and in less time.


Literally Displaced: Writing the Southeast Asian Diaspora - Exhibit
Thursday, 8 a.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

This Butterfly Wing to Remember Me By: What Last Letters of the Executed Can Teach Us About Just War
Thursday, 12:30 p.m. (sponsored by School of Social Sciences)

Twitter API for Academic Research
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

Getting Started with 3D Printing at the MRC
Thursday, 3 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen
Thursday, 5 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor’s Arts & Culture Initiative)

Southern California Exhibition Premiere: Americans and the Holocaust
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. (sponsored by UCI Libraries)

Visit today.uci.edu to see and submit event listings. Events of general interest will be shared in UCI Digest two days before they occur.


Note: Some news sites require subscriptions to read articles. The UCI Libraries offer free subscriptions to The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Orange County Register and The Washington Post for students, faculty and staff.

Campuses in Orange County starting to return to pandemic normal

The Orange County Register, Jan. 31
Cited: David Souleles, director of UCI’s COVID-19 Response Team

It’s Lunar New Year. Get Ready for Some Fruit.

The New York Times, Jan. 29
Cited: Linda Trinh Vo, professor of Asian American studies

Fact check: No evidence defunding police to blame for homicide increases, experts say

USA Today, Jan. 28
Cited: Charis Kubrin, professor of criminology, law and society


Love is in the air! Help us collect Anteater Love Stories for Valentine's Day. Did you meet your sweetheart at UCI? Send us your story by 5 p.m. Feb. 11 and we will share the Anteater love. Tag @ucirvine or #UCILove

#UCIconnected spotlights student, alumni, faculty and staff photos, essays, shoutouts, hobbies, artwork, unusual office decorations, activities and more. Send submissions via email or post on social media with the #UCIconnected hashtag.


35 cases reported

On Monday, UCI recorded 35 new cases of COVID-19: 30 students and five employees. For more information, visit the UCI COVID-19 dashboard.

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